This easy bolognese sauce recipe is a thick, slow simmered sauce is filled with sauteed vegetables, sausage, and other fantastic flavors. It’s the most amazing sauce your pasta will ever have on it!
A special thank you to Ball canning and Jarden Home brands for partnering with us on this post!
There are a few staple recipes I think everyone should have in their repertoire.
An amazing spaghetti sauce is one of those things. I’m not talking about a marinara sauce or something from the can with a few spices thrown in (even though I love both those items.)
I’m talking about something that you make from scratch. Something that fills up the room with an amazing aroma that you can hardly resist sampling. Something that you want to can right away so you can use it over and over again.
Fortunately, I have that recipe for you. This easy bolognese sauce recipe is filled with veggies, amazing flavors, and it’s perfect for topping your favorite pasta with.
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If you aren’t familiar with what a bolognese sauce is, it is basically just a sauce that originates from Bologna, Italy. It’s a thick, meat-based sauce with tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and a variety of spices. It’s best if you can let it simmer for as long as possible to allow the flavors to really sink in and the sauce to thicken.
I think bolognese is the perfect topping for spaghetti. It’s just so hearty, but it’s also full of fresh, healthy ingredients. As I’ve looked around at different recipes, there’s different variations (obviously!) But it seems that all of them always have carrots, celery, and onions in it. Most of them call for red wine. We don’t drink wine, and I didn’t feel it necessary to go out and buy wine to make this. So, I just used a substitute of white grape juice,a nd it was delicious. It did turn out a bit sweet, so if you want to cut that down, feel free to add a tablespoon or so of white vinegar.
I also added 1/2 and 1/2. A lot of the recipes I saw called for either heavy cream or regular milk, so I thought this would be a good option! There are often different kinds of meats added – I’ve seen ground beef, veel, ground sausage, pancetta…and any combination of those items. Feel free to use whatever your family likes the most.
If you are going to can it, though, I would recommend waiting to add the dairy or meat to it until you are ready to make it. We really loved canning different items from our garden last year – we either use our freshTech auto canner or our freshTech electric water bath. We can’t wait to make up another big batch of this to can! We are pretty excited to add the FreshTECH HarvestPro™ Sauce Maker to our collection this year!
This time of year for the past few years, I’ve partnered with the Ball brand for Can-It-Forward day! It’s something I’ve come to really enjoy, and I’m always thrilled when they reach out again. Throughout the day on July 22nd, there will be wonderful demos of canning recipes – and for every like, comment, or share on the videos, Ball will donate $1 to a local charity. They really are paying it forward with this event.
In honor of Can-it-Forward day, I was sent the FreshTECH HarvestPro™ Sauce Maker, which is what I used to help make this recipe (though don’t worry, you don’t have to have it to make it. I highly recommend it though.) We LOVE this product. It makes making sauces, salsa, and even baby food a breeze. It comes with different attachments so you can control the chunkiness or smoothness of your sauces.
And because the Ball brand is so awesome, they are generously giving away the following prize package to one our readers:
- FreshTECH HarvestPro™ Sauce Maker: The new Ball® FreshTECH HarvestPro™ Sauce Maker is the fourth countertop appliance to join theFreshTECH family, designed to make the most delicious sauces, salsas, dips, spreads and even baby food. (Retail value: $149)
- Case of Collection Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars: For the first time, the Ball® brand has introduced a line of never-before released blue colored jars. If you’d like another size or glass color, let us know and we’d be happy to swap out! (Retail value: $8.99/case)
- One $5 off coupon to be used on FreshPreservingStore.com
You can enter at the end of this post, and it is open until July 15th at midnight MST!
This year, the event will be done entirely online through Facebook Live, which I love! It’s such a convenient way to tune in while you are browsing Facebook. It takes place on July 22nd from 10:00AM to 3:30PM EST. There will be lots of giveaways and fun, and you can ask Jarden Home Brands any preserving or home canning questions through Twitter using the hashtag #canitforward. You can pledge to participate and “can-it-foward” on the pledge page and share with friends.
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